Vice President to speak Monday
July 14, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 12,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliaries are rolling into the Show Me State this weekend to elect new leadership and to approve resolutions that will guide the national organization’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, and its veteran and military support programs across the country. Vice President Joe Biden has also accepted an invitation to address the delegates during their joint opening session on Monday.
“As the nation’s largest and oldest major combat veterans’ organization, we are governed by our members and their elected delegates to our annual convention,” said William A. Thien, the national commander of the 1.9 million-member VFW and its Auxiliaries.
“We expect a great deal from every delegate, because the decisions they make help to guide our lobbying efforts that directly benefit veterans, service members and their families, as well as all the wonderful support programs we provide to veterans free of charge, such as our VFW Service Officers, who over the past two years helped 205,000 veterans to recoup more than $5.9 billion in earned disability compensation and pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs,” he said.
“We are also honored to once again have the vice president, who as a proud Blue Star parent of an Iraq War veteran, completely understands the service, sacrifice and anxiety that all military families undergo while their loved ones are deployed in harm’s way, which is a relevancy the VFW and our Auxiliaries continue to have with every generation of American patriot.”
The VFW Action Corps is the VFW’s national grassroots advocacy network comprised of more than 25,000 VFW members and patriotic supporters of veterans. Members of the VFW Action Corps stay up-to-date on the issues facing our veterans, our military and their families, standing ready to email, write, call and visit our nation’s lawmakers to make their voices heard.
The VFW Action Corps is free and open to all patriotic Americans who care about the military and veterans’ communities.
VFW Action Corps members receive:
- The VFW Action Corps Weekly, an easy-to-read electronic newsletter that highlights the VFW’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.
- Immediate access to a nationwide database of contact information for all elected officials, a congressional directory.
- Regular VFW “Action Alerts” telling them how they can get involved when our nation’s veterans, service members, and their families need their voices heard on Capitol Hill.
The VFW Action Corps is what gives the VFW its strength in advocating for our nation’s heroes. Working hand-in-hand with the VFW’s National Legislative Service — whose office is in eye-shot of the Capitol dome in Washington — members of the VFW Action Corps are armed with all of the tools and information they need to help the VFW in its mission to support our nation’s veterans. So join the VFW Action Corps today and add your voice to the thousands of veterans’ advocates making a difference every day, and if you’re already a member of the VFW Action Corps, encourage your ds and neighbors to join the effort!
CURRENT ISSUE OF THE ACTION CORPS WEEKLY: http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/VFW_in_DC/ACW%207.17.14.pdf